Time: 26 Mar, 3.30 AM IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Given the windy conditions on offer, bowlers from both sides will fancy their chances. When Pakistan last batted at this venue against England, they were bundled out for 105.
Probable XI for New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Katey Martin (wk), Frances Mackay, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr
Probable XI for Pakistan: Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Aiman Anwer
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Despite New Zealand’s poor show in this World Cup, Sophie Devine has shone with the bat. She is the highest run-getter (297 at 49.50) for the hosts. She averages 52 against Pakistan in ODIs.
Lea Tahuhu has picked a three-wicket haul thrice in six games. The hosts will bank on her for early breakthroughs.
Amelia Kerr has not set the stage on fire with her all-round performance. That said, she has bagged 8 wickets and scored 177 runs, thereby contributing valuable points to fantasy players.
Barring a 104 against Bangladesh, Sidra Ameen hasn’t done much with the bat. Yet, she remains the highest run-getter (188) for Pakistan in this tournament.
With her spell of 9-0-34-4, Frances Mackay almost pulled off a remarkable win for New Zealand against England a few days ago.
Bismah Maroof’s 36 was vital in helping Pakistan beat New Zealand for the first and only time in ODIs in 2017. The Pakistani skipper also scored 78* against Australia earlier in the competition.
Although the hosts went down to England, Maddy Green finished as the top scorer (52) for her side.
Pakistan will need another spirited performance with the ball by Nida Dar. It was her inspired spell (4-0-10-4) that sealed the game for her side against the West Indies.
After scoring 79* against Bangladesh earlier in the tournament, Suzie Bates has not lived up to her billing. If New Zealand are to finish off their campaign well, then they would need runs from their experienced batter at the top.
By adding 125 runs and picking 5 wickets, Omaima Sohail has constantly helped fantasy players nudge ahead.
The only time Amy Satterthwaite bowled in the competition, she ended up picking 3 wickets. With the bat, she has got 144 runs in four innings.
After being knocked out of the tournament, there is only pride at stake for both teams when they take the field on Saturday. While Pakistan come into this game after getting hammered by England, New Zealand would be keen on arresting their three-match losing streak.
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